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New Mohegan Bowl bets on candlepin comeback.

WEBSTER - Many great things have come out of Worcester, but certainly one of the best is candlepin bowling.

It was invented in 1879 by Justin White, who operated a bowling and billiards establishment on Pearl Street in Worcester.

Candlepin grew in popularity throughout New England starting in the 1950s and was featured on many television shows, including "Candlepins for Cash." Its popularity peaked in the late 1970s and early '80s.

In recent years, candlepin has experienced a decline in popularity, and many well-known candlepin facilities have closed.

Now a local business offering "candlepin reinvented" is promising to pave the way for a resurgence of interest in candlepin bowling.

Over the past few months, construction workers have been working diligently at Mohegan Bowl, 51 Thompson Road, completing renovations for new owners Ed and Kelli Kinsley.

The candlepin pinsetters, which were original equipment from the 1950s, were taken apart and rebuilt, the interior of the facility was gutted and refinished in bright modern colors, a state-of-the-art automatic scoring system with automatic bumpers for the kids is nearly finished, the arcade was redesigned and the outside of the building received a facelift with a new entry, new signs and a bright paint job.

The former Lic's restaurant is being converted into the All Star Pub, the largest sports bar in the area, with an expected opening date for the restaurant of late December.

Mr. Kinsley said, "We are trying to do everything we can to improve the facility at Mohegan Bowl and provide a more comfortable environment for our customers and their families. I sincerely believe candlepin is coming back bigger and better than ever, and Mohegan is proud to help lead the way. It's a great sport for the entire family, and the small balls make it fun for small children and other family members who cannot easily handle a larger 10-pin ball."

Mohegan Bowl was built in 1959 by Wilfred "Junior" Pelletier and his wife, Irene. The Pelletier family owed the facility for more than 50 years, until the Kinsleys acquired it in August. Since the acquisition, they have invested nearly $1 million to upgrade and expand the facility.

Mohegan Bowl is next to the Memorial Beach entrance.
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